Mr. Hatton is the Vice President for Operations and Plans (VPOP), Marine Corps University, Quantico, VA.
He retired in 2013 after 27 years of service in the Marine Corps. During his career he served in a wide array of command, staff, joint, and academic billets.
His operational experience included: Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM and SEA ANGEL with 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines; SPMAGTF-LA with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines; and Operations UNIFIED ASSISTANCE and IRAQI FREEDOM as the Commanding Officer of MEU Service Support Group 15, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable).
His command billets included Combat Service Support Detachment 23 in Beaufort, South Carolina, MEU Service Support Group 15 at Camp Pendleton, California, and Combat Logistics Regiment 3 in Okinawa, Japan.
A lifelong learner and educator, Mr. Hatton holds degrees or certificates of completion from five Professional Military Education institutions, including resident, non-resident, and blended programs. He holds a Master of Science degree in Material Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Master of Arts degree in Military Studies from American Military University, a Master of Arts degree in Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Studies from the Marine Corps War College. He is also a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.
Mr. Hatton completed his active duty career as the Director of the Marine Corps War College, Marine Corps University. Following his retirement in July 2013, he served as the Director of Academic Support and Deputy Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marine Corps University until he assumed his current position in May 2016.